November 2022

I was invited to submit work on grief or death for the annual Dias de las Muertas exhibit at the Petaluma Arts Center this fall. Curator Irma Bijou Vega invited a few local artists as well as various community groups to create altars for the dead. It was a very moving exhibit and I was honored to have my work included. I showed Defining Moments 21: Loss  about those whose absence from my life has defined my journey. Seven died, two left due to a difference of opinion and one has dementia.

DM 7: Fleeing the City

Additionally Defining Moments 7: Fleeing the City was juried into "Stories from my Childhood" at Northern Illinois University Art Museum in DeKalb, IL. The exhibit runs November 29-February 17, 2023 

Plus I am over the moon to announce that my work "Love Over Hate” has been juried into the 10th annual International "FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art" displaying from October 3 to December 9, 2022, at the Reece Museum on the campus of East Tennessee State University. This was my second entry and first acceptance into this important exhibit for political work. The exhibit was inspired by the late Fletcher H. Dyer who wrote "I dream of making a difference in some way with my art, I might attempt to right political, social, and religious wrongs by showing society a glimpse of how I feel about serious issues in the world... Hopefully the awareness that I can help create will spark an interest in a movement that others will follow.”



October 2022

June 2022
Five pieces of my work will be exhibited in "Common Threads: Art & Fiber" an invitational show at Petaluma Arts Center, June 11-July 23, 2022. The chosen works are narratives: Defining Moments 1, 2, 5, 18 and Wisdom Gatherers: Dorothy, 94 . Still operating at post-covid hours, the art center is open Friday & Saturday 12-4 pm.

April 2022

Somebody's Child 2 is appearing online for the 2022 Arts and Culture Month sponsored by Californians for the Arts. It is in the second row of the section Advance Social Justice and Racial Equality. It is a prvilege to have my work selected for this important exhibit.

Your Tax Dollars At Work will show with Art Quilts 2 at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, CA Jan 13-February 13, 2022 

and at the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto, CA, March 27-May 1, 2022.

Somebody's Child 2 was juried into Women Artists Making Their Mark 2021 a virtual exhibit at the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, CA, by gallerists Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray of the Seager Gray gallery. The call for entries specified...Women Artists Making Their Mark 2021 is dedicated to living working artists known and yet to be discovered: women artists making their mark and changing the landscape of contemporary art. I am honored to have had my work chosen for this important exhibit.

Hypocrisy 1 and Liar Liar 1 were both juried into Words Matter at the Art Center,in Highland Park, IL, August 6-September 25, 2021Liar Liar 1

Culture of Fear about gun violence in America and Defining Moments 12: NO Means No about  campus rape were both juried into the biennial International Fiber Arts X, Sebastopol Arts Center, Sebastopol, CA, July 31-September 12, 2021

Your Tax Dollars at Work was juried into Art Quilts 2 at the California Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, CA through Septemeber 19, 2021.

Somebody's Child 1 has left the Textile center in Minneapolis for the Underground Freedom Center Museum in Cincinnati, OH. The exhibit runs July 2-September 26, 2021.

Somebody's Child 2, a silk organza narrative work, honoring the murder of George Floyd was juried into Quilt National 21 in Athens, OH in 2021. 

Also in 2020 Fire & Flood 1, on exhibit with Stitching CA exhibited at the LaQuinta Museum, in La Quinta, CA and Mills station Arts & Culture  Center in Rancho Cordova, CA. In 2021 it has exhibited at Museum on Main in Pleasanton, CA and the Temecula Valley Museum in Temecula, CA.

08/2020  Somebody's Child, was juried into We Are the Story through the Women of Color Quilters Network by curator Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi. The exhibit was created to honor the memory of George Floyd and thousands of black people killed by police brutality. It will show at several venues around Minneapolis, MN from October 2020 to May, 2021, the first anniversary of Mr. Floyd's death. A catalog of of the exhibit is available for purchase here.

In addition Liar Liar 1 was juried into Politically Charged, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA. The exhibit runs October 2 - November 14, 2020

05/2020 Culture of Fear, my work about gun violence was juried into an exhibition titled CONTEXT at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, MO. Due to COVID-19, the exhibit is virtual until June 19, 2020. It may be viewed on the art centre website. My work is on slide 35.

09/2019 Culture of Fear was juried into the Fiber Artists of San Antonio's (FASA) 45th annual exhibit Threads of Magic. The exhibit is at the Kelso Art Center, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX October 11-November 15, 2019.


The Defining Moments: Stitched Perspectives on Becoming A Woman opening was a huge success, and the work well received!
Defining Moments Opening, Visions Art Museum

The exhibit is at Visions Art Museum, in San Diego until October 6, 2019.



Fire & Flood was juried into an exhibit themed Stitching CA through our regional SAQA chapter. The exhibit runs August 17-January 5, 2020 at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, CA and then will travel for 2-3 years. This piece addresses climate change, too little water, too much water in just 3 months time.

Upheaval 4 was juried into WALLS at Petaluma Arts Center, by painter Chester Arnold. The exhibit runs July 6-august 31This is the second time he has selected by work for exhibit, so we are on to something! This work addresses the (invisible) walls that dementia creates.

05/2019 Published in Quilting Arts magazine, Issue 99, June/July. Article by Geri Patterson Kutras titled The Artist Within


04/24/19 My dear friend, mentor, 2018 NEA Heritage Award winner and Defining Moments project partner Marion Coleman passed away on 04/24/19. She was 72 years young. Her passing is a huge loss personally and professionally. Carol Larson.MarionColeman 2018

I was interviewed as a spotlight artist on Create Whimsy. Miss April perhaps?!

Keeping Up Appearances 4 was juried into Upcycle, which features work made from recycled, repurposed materials. It debuts in Houston TX in October at the International Quilt Festival and then will travel for 3 years. This work has been shown at the following venues: International Quilt Festival, Houston Texas: October 31 - November 3, 2019 International Patchwork Festival, Sitges, Spain: March 12 – March 15, 2020 *cancelled* Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Chicago, Illinois: June 3, 4 & 5, 2021 Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Cleveland, Ohio: July 15, 16 & 17, 2021 Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Raleigh, North Carolina: August 5, 6 & 7, 2021 Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Fredericksburg, Virginia: Sept. 30, Oct. 1 & 2, 2021 Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Novi, Michigan: November 11, 12 & 13, 2021 and will exhibit at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland:  September 17 - October 29, 2022.   

Keeping Up Appearances 4, detail

02/2019 Keeping Up Appearances 13 was juried into Ties That Bind at Gallery One in Ellensburg, WA March1- April 1,2019 

11/2018 We have just secured the second exhibit for Defining Moments. It will be at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, TX  Jan 3-Feb 15, 2020. The debut exhibit is at" Visions Art Museum in San Diego July 20- October 6, 2019.

09/2018 The opening for Connections 2018 at Visions Art Museum in San Diego is October 20-21. A detail of my work Culture of Fear is featured on the evite header, far right side. invitation for Conversations 2018.Visions

Keeping Up Appearances 2 will be also featured in their online exhibit Linksstarting in October.

08/2018 Anti-Aging: Chemical Warfare was juried into the 2018 National Show at The Arts Guild of Sonoma by Chester Arnold. The theme for this year's show was Art in the Age of Anxiety. The show runs for the month of September.

05/2018 The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund has given me an award in support of my Defining Moments series. This organization funds feminist work that takes risks! I am so honored to receive this funding.

03/2018 Culture of Fear was juried into Visions Connections 2018 at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA

07/2017 My Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work has a solo exhibit at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY from Oct 2017-January 2018. Concurrent to the opening of the Tall Girl Series at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY, I was interviewed by the regional PBS station. You may listen to that interview here. Additionally the museum's video is here.

In addition Artistry in Fiber Vol1: Wall Art by Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney (published by Schiffer Publishing) features my work on pgs 120-21

06/2017 My video about my work Defining Moments 12: NO Means NO at the opening of Quilt National is now on You Tube.

02/2017 My work has been juried into the Alameda County Artist Registry (CA) for years 2017-19. This allows me to submit proposals for public art commissions for buildings in Alameda County. If my proposal is selected then I will design work for said facility. It is a very exciting opportunity!

10/2016 Defining Moment 12: NO Means NO was juried into the 20th Quilt National Biennial which opens Memorial Day weekend 2017 in Athens, OH. The exhibit is open until Sept 2017 and then the work will travel for two years. 

05/2016 Upheaval 2 was juried into Petaluma Art Center's Zeitgeist exhibit. The call was for artists in Northern CA and HI and 60 pieces were selected from 400 entries. The exhibit is up until July 10. My work looks stunning on an orange wall.

04/2016 I went to Washington DC for a long weekend to attend the opening events at the Textile Museum. The exhibit is up until September 4. If you are in DC check it out. You will not be disappointed. It is a very moving exhibit!

11/2015 My work Fleeing the City was juried into SAQA's Diaspora exhibit next spring at the newly renovated Textile Museum in Washington DC. The exhibit will run April 15-September 4, 2016 . Fleeing the City is part of the new collaborative series which I have been working on for two years now. It deals with the mass migration of whites from the city to the suburbs.

06/2015 My work Currents #13 was juried into a fine art competition, Art Comes Alive 2015 at the Art Design Consultants Inc in Cincinnati, OH. I attended the opening reception where $250,000 in awards were presented. I felt quite honored to have my work, the sole textile, in such awesome company! The work of artists chosen for this exhibit can be seen here.

05/2015 I continue work on Defining Moments, the collaborative series, serve on the board at the Arts Guild of Sonoma, am taking an iPad for Artists class online to learn about the myriad of artist apps and recently went to NM for a week's immersion in painting on non-wovens. 

07/2014 I am hard at work on a collaborative series which will entail designing 25 large works by Dec 2017!  I spent the last part of 2013 and a good portion of 2014 in R & D for the project and am now starting work #3. Already I have found it is good to start designing the subsequent piece while stitching the current one. It is an incredible challenge for me and yet I revel in that. I want to make work that challenges me and gets people to thinking!

02/2014 I am about to start another small piece for exhibit and then on to a big collaborative project that should occupy me for the next three years!

01/2014 I have been designing two pieces for an upcoming landscape exhibit. The challenge has been in making them duplicate but in different seasons. (fall and spring) I struggled with things like oak trees and perspective and frankly nearly pitched them twice. Now I am glad I stuck with them as I have a buyer for these which are in the final stitching phase. Persistence pays!

Next week the huge Earth Stories project will be on its way to exhibition and gone for four years.

09/2013...I have FINISHED the three pieces for the Earth Stories exhibit! The photography and artist statement are also finished. I am now working on the journal, the final piece of this big, big pie. It has been a great adventure. Unfortunately I cannot publicly share images until the premiere exhibit in May 2014. Stay tuned...

I continue work on the large Earth Stories project which is due November 1. Upon completion it will include three pieces: two uneven edged pieces to hang together within a 72” square and a much smaller 9”x14” piece identical in design to the larger ones.  It is a stimulating project not only from the theme standpoint but also involving problem solving skills to create the dimensions and tactile quality I am seeking.  Two additional requirements for this project are to chronicle my progress for a journal as well as keeping images incognito until the exhibit opening. The Earth Stories exhibit will debut at Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing, MI in May 2014. 

Torn Earth 67

My work Torn Earth as part of the Earth Stories exhibit will travel to these additional venues:


Kennedy Gallery at Ohio UniversityAthens, OH  May 23 – September 7, 2015

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles,  San Jose, CA,  November 6, 2015 – February 28, 2016

Huntington Museum of ArtHuntington, WVJune 25-October 2, 2016

Erie Museum of ArtErie, NY,  January 20– June 11, 2017


back by popular demand...

...The book for my Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work has just been republished. You may purchase it here...

Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work (cover)



what's new...


July 26-September 15, 2014, opening reception Sunday, August 10, 2-4 pm

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles 520 South First Street, San Jose, CA

Forming Our Lives: Carol Larson, Cristina Velasquez, Bonnie J. Smith


yesterday's news...

stone path#3, detail

Vineyard:Spring and Vineyard: Fall both sold to a new client right off my design wall. Ironically I was designing them for an entry which required the work be for sale. Since it no longer was available I did not enter the exhibit but rather installed the work in its new home.

In addition I finished Keeping Up Appearances #6 as a donation to the Arts Guild of Sonoma's annual REPO fundraiser.  It is a requirement that the work contain 75% recycled materials. This piece contains screen-printed text on a vintage handwoven cotton metallic tablecloth. 

Meg McConaghey wrote a great article on art quilts for the Sonoma Living section of the Sunday January 5, 2014 Press Democrat which featured my work both in text and image. From that coverage I garnered new collectors which was an incredible way to start off the year.

My friend professional photographer Karen Preuss recently took images of me in my studio so now I have an 'official' head shot which can be seen here

My work is soon to appear in a new textile section of the online Trade Design Only Library (TODL) available to the trade: interior, architectural and design professionals.

Additionally my logo is featured in an ad in the September 2013 issue of Arts & Antiques magazine.  

I am really enjoying my new association with the prestigious Arts Guild of Sonoma located at 140 East Napa St in beautiful Sonoma, just ½ block off the plaza. The gallery is open Wed-Mon 11 am-5 pm. I was the featured artist in July 2013, and will show my larger work eight months of 2014 (Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Oct, Nov, Dec). My cards will be available year-round.

And the art group I formed in 2012 is thriving! Making art is such a reclusive activity so I wanted to gather together a group of mid-career artists of various media for sharing, crit and support. After much thought how to find such a willing & generous group of participants I tapped into the member directory of our local art center and hand-picked. We are now an enthusiastic group of 7. We all are loving our interactions and learning so much from each other. We remain untitled! 


recent exhibits...

Earth Stories debuted May 2014 at the Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing, MI. This work remains incognito until the exhibit opens.  I shipped the three pieces and the journal first of February.

Tall Girl Series featured in a special exhibit at the Pacific International Quilt Festival October 2013 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. 

Keeping Up Appearances #2 was juried into ABZ etcetera at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts September-October 2013

Stone Path #1 is in the Layered & Stitched exhibit at theBlue Line Gallery in Roseville, CA June-July 2013 

Stone Path #2 and #3are in the Threads of Creativity exhibit at ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, CA July 2013

Keeping Up Appearances #5 made a spring debut in the Netherlands at the Expo Veldhoven 

Upheaval #7 and Upheaval #10  are in a group exhibit titled "Deux" and on the US Quilt and Sewing Expo circuit until mid-2014.